Roses For Autism is a social enterprise whose mission is to foster meaningful employment and personal success for individuals with Autism. To accomplish this, we grow and sell a variety of fresh cut flowers within an inclusive dynamic business that employs individuals with Autism and supports transitioning students.
Proceeds from flower sales fund scholarships and programs for career training; Discover Learn Work! Individuals who participate in these services gain valuable work experience and develop professional and social skills leading to meaninful employment and personal success!
The Need for Roses for Autism
The story of Roses for Autism is in its name. We grow and sell roses and other fresh cut flowers within an inclusive dynamic business that employs individuals with Autism and supports transitioning students.
A recent study by Harvard University determined that each child in the U.S. diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - 1 in 68 American children - will cost society about $3.2 million in medical and non-medical costs over his or her lifetime. Once these individuals reach adulthood, the unemployment and underemployment rate tops 88%.
At Roses For Autism (RFA) transitioning students and other young adults are mentored by our staff team while gaining valuable work experience and developing the professional and social skills that lead to meaningful employment and personal success!
Through our partnership with Ability Beyond; a leading CT not for profite organization, the Discover Learn Work Career Training program is operated right on site at Roses For Autism. Discover Learn Work at Roses For Autism is a model demonstration site for the University of Connecticut Center For Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Roses for Autism offers 12 varieties of fresh, full-blooming fragrant roses, 3 varieties of lilies, and colorful gerbera daisies to both retail and wholesale outlets. Locals can pull up to the farm retail store 6 days a week and buy our wonderfully fragrant and fresh cut flowers for themselves or a loved one, and watch our operation in action. Customers can order special occasion and everyday "thinking of you" gifts for next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S., or request floral arrangements to welcome attendees at meetings, conventions, dinners, and other special events.